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John McCormick saw four pro seasons, made high-A with Royals

John McCormick 1990 Baseball City Royals card

Appleton starter John McCormick couldn't find his contacts this night in July 1989, so he had to use his glasses, The Appleton Post-Crescent wrote.

The result: McCormick threw eight innings of four-hit ball for the win, The Post-Crescent wrote.

"I really do see better with the glasses. Maybe it helps my control," McCormick told The Post-Crescent afterward. "I didn't feel particularly strong tonight, but I had good enough control too keep them off balance."

McCormick pitched that year in his second pro season. He went on to see two more. He topped out at high-A.

McCormack's career began in 1988, taken by the Royals in the 31st round of the draft out of The Ohio State University.

McCormick started with the Royals in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 3-3, with a 3.60 ERA. 

He then moved to single-A Appleton for most of 1989 and saw single-A Baseball City. He went 8-5 at Appleton, with a 3.42 ERA in 20 starts. 

Despite some control problems, McCormick made the league All-Star team at Appleton that year, The Post-Crescent wrote.

"I was good in the early part of the year," McCormick told The Post-Crescent after his selection. "I'm hoping this will help my confidence."

McCormick returned to Baseball City at high-A for 1990. He saw 11 outings, with three starts. He then got another 17 relief outings there in 1991. His 1991 campaign proved his last year as a pro.

John McCormick 1990 Baseball City Royals card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,284
Made the Majors:1,390-32.5%
Never Made Majors:2,894-67.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:565
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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